the village north of Pamukkale
(map), was once known
for its rust-red
hot mineral waters, filled with iron
In the 1990s, when the motels atop
the Pamukkale plateau were razed,
Karahayıt became the
place selected for development of large
hotels like the Richmond and Colossae. More...
The triumphal entry gate on
the wide access road to Karahayıt is
a monument to the hope that Turkish
and foreign visitors in search of health and happiness would
come to Karahayıt and
stay at the luxury spa hotels for a
week or two, taking the "cure."
Too many hotels were built,
too few spa visitors arrived, and now
hotels host mostly bus tour
groups for one-night stays.
In any case, if you're looking for a 5-star
hotel close to Pamukkale, Karahayıt is where you'll find it.
Minibuses run every 15 to 20 minutes all day between the Denizli Otogar, Pamukkale and Karahayıt, so transport is easy.
Besides the Karahayıt hotels, there's little to see or do in Karahayıt...unless you want to watch the rust-red calcium fountain gobble the mosque.
—by Tom Brosnahan
what on earth is it?
A rust-red calcium fountain in the main square in Karahayıt. Looks like Jabba the Hutt about to gobble up the town mosque, though.